a-go-go

1 of 2

noun

: a nightclub for dancing to popular music : disco

a-go-go

2 of 2

adjective

1
2
: being in a whirl of motion
3
: being up-to-date
often used postpositively

Word History

Etymology

Noun

after Whisky à Gogo, café and disco in Paris, France, from French whisky whiskey + à gogo "in abundance, galore," going back to Middle French, reduplicative formation from the same expressive base as gogue "joking, pleasantry" — more at agog

Adjective

in part derivative of a-go-go entry 1, in part borrowed directly from French à gogo "in abundance"

First Known Use

Noun

1965, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of a-go-go was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“A-go-go.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a-go-go. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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